There are no constants when it comes to hardware in the smartphone industry. If there is something that comes close, it is undoubtedly Qualcomm’s flagship SoC lineup of late. Mostly every major smartphone maker has taken a liking to the Snapdragon chipsets. Even those that have their own home-grown chips such as Samsung.
With Qualcomm announcing its latest Snapdragon 888 5G SoC at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit yesterday, some manufacturers were already happy to tease their own upcoming phones that will feature the chipset. We take a look at which phones have been confirmed to receive the Snapdragon 888 officially as the race for the first Snapdragon 888 phone heats up.
Now, it is to be noted that eventually all OEMs will come with their phones, infact, Qualcomm announced that the following companies will launch at least a device powered by their new SoC – ASUS, BlackShark, Lenovo, LG, MEIZU, Motorola, Nubia, Realme, OnePlus, OPPO, Sharp, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE.
Xiaomi Mi 11
However, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun took to the stage at the summit itself to announce that its upcoming Mi 11 will be “will be one of the first devices with Snapdragon 888”.
“I’m very happy to tell you that the next-generation Xiaomi premium 5G smartphone powered by Snapdragon 888 will be launched very soon,” However, Jun did not provide any timeline for the expected launch of the phone.
Xiaomi’s arch rival, Realme also made an announcement via a press release that it will unveil a flagship smartphone code named “Race”. And in fact, this isn’t the first time Realme has teased it. Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase also talked about a 5nm flagship series recently. However, there was no mention of trying to be the first anywhere. So, we expect a follow up of the Realme X50 series could come in Q1 of 2021.
Oppo Find X3
Oppo has pretty much made it clear and official that the upcoming Oppo Find X3 will be “one of the first to feature the new Snapdragon 888 platform.” So, unlike Realme, it is possible that Oppo could announce the Oppo Find X2 successor earlier. Oppo’s Chief 5G scientist Henry Tang also added that the Find X3 will have the recently unveiled Full-path Color Management System which will be the first Android 10-bit color management system.
— OPPO (@oppo) December 2, 2020
Eventually, OnePlus is also one of the key candidates that always uses the Snapdragon flagship SoC in its premium phones, so the OnePlus 9 series getting is almost a given, however, there were no official announcements regarding the same.